For its second edition, the Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art will feature more than 75 artists whose work meditates on the notion of healing and its many meanings.
The triennial will run from July 16 through October 2, and will be curated by team led by Prem Krishnamurthy, who has titled the exhibition “Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows,” a quotation from a poem by Langston Hughes, who lived in Cleveland as a child. As with the first edition, staged in 2018, this year’s Front International will be staged across sites in Cleveland and the nearby cities of Akron and Oberlin.
Initially, when plans for this year’s edition were announced in 2019, Tina Kukielski, the director and chief curator of the organization Art21, was named co-artistic director alongside Krishnamurthy. ARTnews has confirmed that Kukielski quietly stepped down from her post at the triennial in the summer of 2020, however. A Front International spokesperson said that she departed due the constraints of her job at Art21 and parenting.
With its array of artists based within the Ohio area and beyond, the Front International aspires to be the biggest biennial-style exhibition in the Midwest. Other biennials staged in nearby locals include the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, the U.S.’s oldest recurring exhibition, and the Toronto Biennial of Art, which just opened this past weekend.
This edition, however, is slightly smaller in scale than the inaugural one, which included more than 100 artists. But its organizers have promised that, unlike 2018, where most of the triennial’s offerings were centered around institutions in Cleveland, there were will be more to see in Akron and Oberlin this time around.
The full artist list follows below.
Alyssa Taylor Wendt
Art Therapy Studio
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
Christopher Kulendran Thomas
Every Ocean Hughes
Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Linda D.L. Green
Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis
Wong Kit Yi